You just can’t kill Ghostface, can you? Spyglass Entertainment has confirmed “Scream 7” will no longer be directed by Radio Silence. Instead, Christopher Landon (“Happy Death Day”) is taking over. This will be the 7th installment of the Wes Craven created horror franchise.
The last two installments of the series, 2022’s reboot “Scream” and 2023’s “Scream VI,” were directed by the filmmaking collective, Radio Silence. Members Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, and Chad Villella will still be acting as executive producers on the new film. It seems that Radio Silence is stepping back from the series to focus on their own unnamed Universal monster movie. They were the first directors to touch the “Scream” franchise following Craven’s death.
Landon is no stranger to the horror genre, previously directing the “Happy Death Day” series. As well as the horror-comedy remake of “Freaky Friday,” titled “Freaky.” And isn’t “Scream” known for its painfully self-aware sense of humor?
It is still not known who will be writing the script for “Scream 7.” While James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick wrote the two recent films, Landon is also an established screenwriter, who has written/co-written all the films he has directed. So it’s possible he may continue that trend, or bring back Vanderbilt and Busick. It would make some sense to bring that duo back considering the massive success of “Scream” and “Scream VI.” Since those movies pulled in $137.7 million and $168.9 million worldwide, respectively.
“Scream” and “Scream VI,” also introduced a slew of new performers to the franchise, including Jenna Ortega, Melissa Barrera, and Mason Gooding. Sources say that none of these performers currently have contracts for the new film, but are expected to return. With the obvious question mark next to Ortega, since she did these movies before starting in Netflix’s smash hit series “Wednesday.”
Of course, none of these decisions will be finalized until the duel WGA and SAG strikes end. We’ll keep you posted on news about this project as it develops.